Seoul halts propaganda broadcasts along inter-Korean border

TOKYO, South Korea announced Monday that it has stopped propaganda broadcasts over the border ahead of inter-Korean summit talks, saying it is expected to help boost the reconciliatory mood on the peninsula, Yonhap News Agency reported.

“The Ministry of National Defense halted the loudspeaker broadcasts against North Korea in the vicinity of the military demarcation line at the start of Monday,” the ministry said in a statement.

It is aimed at “reducing military tensions between the South and North and creating the mood of peaceful talks” on the summit talks, the Ministry of National Defense said in a statement. The talks are scheduled to take place at the truce village of Panmunjom on Friday.

The ministry expressed hope that the measure will lead to the suspension of criticism and propaganda activities between the two Koreas.

The move is apparently an answer to Pyongyang’s recent peace gestures, including the weekend announcement of the decisions to shut down its nuclear test facilities in Punggye-ri and suspend nuclear tests and long-range missile launches. The South began blaring anti-Pyongyang broadcasts using high-decibel loudspeakers along the border in 1963. The two sides halted the broadcasts in 2015 in a deal at high-level talks, but Seoul resumed the loudspeaker campaign in January 2016 in response to the North’s fourth nuclear test.

The broadcasts, reportedly made from more than 40 locations close to the line, included messages critical of the North’s communist system.

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